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“It's the Great Pumpkin Compost” Collection Event

Post Date:10/08/2018 9:45 AM


Community members can rescue their Halloween pumpkins and jack-o’-lanterns from withering on the front porch or ending up in the landfill by participating in the City's 3rd annual “It's the Great Pumpkin Compost” collection event. The event will take place on Saturday, November 3, from 9 a.m. to noon, in the parking lot of the Morton Civic Center, 2100 Ridge Ave.

The free “drive-up, drop-off” event provides residents without a food and yard waste cart an opportunity to have their pumpkins composted, which saves landfill space and reduces the release of greenhouse gases.

Plain, clean pumpkins of any size will be accepted, as well as pumpkins painted with acrylic paint. Pumpkins contaminated with candle wax, stickers, or decorations of any type will not be accepted. No other organic material may be dropped off.

At the 2017 event, 11,300 pounds of pumpkins were dropped off for composting. This year, the City began an expanded composting program. Food waste, including plain, clean pumpkins, can now "ride along" in yard waste carts with grass clippings and leaves. Residents can also sign up for year-round food scrap composting through the City’s exclusive hauler, Collective Resource, by visiting

To drop off pumpkins at the collection event, community members should enter the Morton Civic Center parking lot at the corner of Asbury Avenue and Simpson Street. The north parking lot entrance off of Leonard Place will be blocked.

For more information, please call or text 847-448-4311. For convenience, residents in Evanston may simply dial 3-1-1.


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